Wednesday, 18 February 2015

ECTOPIC PREGNANCY


Ectopic pregnancy is an abnormal form of pregnancy. In a normal pregnancy, upon fertilization, the egg attaches to the uterine lining and goes ahead to grow from there but in an ectopic pregnancy, the embryo is implanted elsewhere other than the uterus. It either is implanted in one of the fallopian tubes, abdomen, cervix, anywhere but the uterus.
Now, the most common form of ectopic pregnancy is the type that is implanted in one of the fallopian tubes. This explains why an ectopic pregnancy is also known as a tubal pregnancy. 
Ectopic pregnancy is very dangerous and can lead to the death of the carrier (mother) if not quickly detected. Therefore, upon detection, emergency treatment should commence.

Friday, 13 February 2015

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)

According to UNICEF, Female Genital Mutilation (or female genital cutting), comprises all surgical procedures involving partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons.
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It is also referred to as female circumcision. Circumcision is believed to have originated from the Holy books (Bible and Koran). It is usually performed on males and according to the Bible, an uncircumcised male is impure. The origin of FGM is something I cannot particularly place my hands on but one thing we must understand is that FGM is harmful and dangerous to females. Certain tribes circumcise their girls just before she is given out in marriage (usually when she clock 18 years) while others perform this rite when the female child is a few weeks to a few months old.